Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection
Robert Hull Fleming Museum of Art
The University of Vermont
61 Colchester Avenue
Through December 18
The Fleming Museum is the first stop in a traveling exhibition that places the larger-than-life work of the famed artistic duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude on the white walls of the gallery space.
Christo visited Burlington to deliver a lecture that opened the museum’s impressive “Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection” exhibition. During the Q&A session, one audience member asked Christo whether he has a favorite project. Christo responded: “Madame, how many children do you have? Which one is your favorite?”
The answer was emblematic of the artist’s and his partner’s lives. Their works of art are like children, most of them taking 20+ years to ripen and mature into realized projects. Each one is unique in its own way and has its own way of coming into existence. There are no rules, best practices, or tried and true processes. Christo said, “Each project creates its own uniqueness and pleasure.” Each is further made unique by its limited timing, its ephemeral nature.
We are lucky that Tom Golden, a good friend and project manager to Christo and Jeanne-Claude, had the foresight to collect drawings, paintings, sketches and sculptures by the pair. Fleming Museum curator Aimee Marcereau DeGalan and her team of exhibition designers have carefully culled through the collection to create a show that captures the extraordinary breadth of